Morph's May Reading Challenge
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I've been home disabled for two years now and I'm going out of my mind with boredom. Thankfully, I'm starting school to get an Associates in Accounting online but it doesn't start until June. To keep me from being committed until then, I decided to come up with a challenge for myself.
I'm going to read as many books as possible, preferably off my TBR piles/lists, in the month of May. I'm going to list them all here with comments.
The most number of books I've read in a month is 33. I'm going to try to beat that.
1. Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon (8/10 stars)
2. Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey (6/10)
3. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt (8/10)
4. World War Z by Max Brooks (9/10)
5. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (9/10)
6. 1776 by David McCullough (4/10)
7. The Black Gryphon by Mercedes Lackey (8/10)
8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (8/10)
9. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (7/10)
10. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande (8/10)
11. Earthfall by Orson Scott Card (6/10)
12. Steamed by Katie MacAlister (6/10)
13. Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein (4/10)
14. Dreaming by Jill Barnett
15. The Story Behind the Song by Canfield, et al. (6/10)
16. Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris (7/10)
17. The China Bride by MaryJo Putney (7/10)
18. Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart (7/10)
19. On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony (6/10)
20. Lucifer's Hammer by Niven and Pournelle (7/10)
21. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot (8/10)
22. Bearing an Hourglass by Piers Anthony (7/10)
23. With a Tangled Skein by Piers Anthony (7/10)
24. Wielding a Red Sword by Piers Anthony (6/10)
25. Being a Green Mother by Piers Anthony (6/10)
26. For Love of Evil by Piers Anthony (7/10)
27. And Eternity by Piers Anthony (6/10)
28. Under a Velvet Cloak by Piers Anthony (5/10)
29. The Masterharper of Pern by Anne McCaffrey (7/10)
Yay! Go Morphy! And yay - a list! I loves me some lists and can't wait to see yours!
Good Luck with your challenge, Morphy!
I love seeing what other people are reading.
33 in a month? That's impressive, much less what you'll accomplish this May!
Good luck! Hope you have some good ones lined up.
go Morphy! 33 is better than a book a day - beating that will be a real feat!
Go, you! I can't do that much reading in May, but maybe June or July. Hooray for summer reading! Rock on.
Go Morphy! *rah rah* *pom pom shake* (joined Jennieg's squad of cheering)
read some for me too as my reading time is limited for several months (silly moving getting in the way of my reading)
Go Morphy! I'm joining your cheerleaders, too!
I'm looking forward to seeing your list.
WAVE wave WAVE wave WAVE wave WAVE
starting the wave as my part of the cheerleading :)
Ya'll are a riot! :)
I wasn't expecting this type of response. Just figured I'd have a place to post the books.
Not that I'm complaining. I love it!
I will NOT be joining the cheerleaders, but as always, I will be in the crowd clapping with wild abandon! Looking forward to your comments. :)
Boom, chok a lok a,
Boom, chok a lok a,
Morphy, Morphy, she's the best!
She's ahead of all the rest!
Morphy, Morphy, she's all right,
Reading, reading, day and night!
Mr. Morphy by her side -
Making her feel good inside!
Morphy, Morphy, all the way,
Reading more than a book a day!
Boom, chok a lok a,
Boom, chok a lok a,
Boom, chok a lok a, BOOM!
*rises gracefully from a split and bows in Morphy's direction*
Whoo hoo! Great job, MerryMary!
**turns cartwheel across the bar**
oh, my, goodness! That looks like it hurts...both of you.
I think I'll just sit here and watch....
Mrgroo, any more PGGBs? I'd like one right here. Thank you.
Well, we've got a cheering squad. That means we need a marching band.
I'll be part of the percussion section:
BOOM! BOOM! BoomBoomBoom!
*marching band members arrange themselves to spell 'Go! Morphy! Go!'*
*hard to do with a marching band of 1, must sign up more people*
Maybe you need stand bearers to pad out the crowd. That's what my college pep band did when they morphed into a marching band for homecoming.
Would a bookworm be an appropriate mascot? One of those cute ones with the glasses that you can find in the Microsoft clipart collection.
Hey hey! I'm getting old and cranky. I used to be able to read in bowling alleys, now I can't even have the radio on. Do you REALLY think I can get any reading done with a marching band playing?
Go Morphy!! That is an excellent idea, says one is who late to the cheering squad. Can't wait to see your list. What are you starting with?
Let's see if this works:
*dang* Nope. Maybe this?
ok, not the best way to do it but you get the idea, I hope
I think I'm going to start with an easy-breezy book - Tuck Everlasting by Babbitt. Or maybe Bad Moon Rising by Kenyon.
I wanna be in the card section-- you know, where every person gets a giant card to hold up and when they all flip them over it forms a pattern! We can have it spell out "Go Morphy" or maybe look like a book with turning pages.
#34 Is that an exclusive-or? Can't the book turn a page and open on a big picture of a GO MORPHY!! sign?
Tuck Everlasting is so good, what a great book to start with. I've never read Bad Moon Rising - will have to check that one out now. I can see your reading list is going to keep me busy ;-)
Just finished Bad Moon Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It's paranormal romantic fluff and I love it. I wish the action were a little less though to get more characterization. 8 out of 10 stars.
Congrats, the day is not over yet and you've already finished one. Onward!!
I'm supposed to be writing 1K words per day on my book this month. Number written so far today: 0. But I am a night owl . . .
I am up at an unbelievable late hour, for me, just to look and see if Morphy is still at it. Wow! I will need to go get some sleep just so I can check in again tomorrow.
Finished re-read of Get Off the Unicorn by Anne McCaffrey. It was okay and I gave it 6 of 10 stars. I remember liking it a lot more when I first read it mumble-mumble years ago.
Morphy! Morphy! Morphy! Yay for Morphy!
(I think Anne McCaffrey does not do well as a re-read)
I don't know. One of the short stories (the one about the girl who listens to everyone's personal stories on "tape") has stuck with me over the years. When blogging came around, I immediately thought of that story, even though I can't remember the name of it.
Read Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. Delightful! Vivid descriptions reminded me of my childhood. 8 out of 10 stars
I'm reading World War Z. It's cool even though it's not my typical fare.
I think we need a scoreboard and a running commentary in best "golf announcer" tradition.
*subdued golf announcer voice*
"Now Morphy has turned the page, she grimaces at a particularly graphic description, looks at her salsa, then looks away, a bit greenish."
I just finished World War Z and I hate to do it, it's about ZOMBIES, for god's sake, but I'm giving it a 9 out of 10 stars. It was so absorbing and realistic! I didn't want to stop reading it.
ah, Morphy, there are other zombie books by the same author, yes? Have you read them, too?
Nope just the one. I'm reading The Help now. Could two books be any more different? Heh.
Quite liked The Help--interesting characters in that one, and a real portrait of a time and place.
Loved The Help. The only reason it got 9 instead of 10 stars is because I have a preference for tidy endings. Otherwise an EXCELLENT book. After many months of average reading, it's awesome to have two 9 books back-to-back.
Finally finished 1776 - could the book be anymore of a drag? I gave it 4 out of 10 because I was able to complete it and I learned a bit. But someone remind me to never ever read a book about battles again. YAWN.
Poor you Morphy! So what's next... hopefully something, well I hesitate to say something better... but something better!
I've read but not re-read that one. Lackey isn't a great writer but she does have a knack for creating sympathetic characters and the interesting fantasy world of Valdemar. If it's a multiple re-read, I already know you're enjoying it!
A couple of my favorite books on your list so far. Tuck Everlasting was one of my first audiobooks and was the one that convinced me that books could be great on audio as well as on paper. And it's been a long while, but I remember loving Get off the Unicorn. I'll have to reread that someday and see if I still do.
Can't wait to see what you've been reading next!
I liked The Secret Garden much better than The Little Princess. Go! Go! Go!
Finished The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown.
It had the same plot as The DaVinci Code (run, learn something, run, learn something), the same characters with different names (the mentor, the plucky heroine, the religious nutjob, the jerk police officer) and the mythos wasn't as interesting.
And yet, I couldn't put the thing down. I had 100 pages to go when bedtime came around and I HAD to finish it. Therefore it got 7 out of ten stars.
The secret to loving A Little Princess is to see the tv series that was done years ago with Nigel Havers as Mr. Carrisford. Yum ;) The girl playing Sara was good, too.
I actually like both Secret Garden and Little Princess equally and re-read them every couple of years.
I saw both the old and new versions of The Little Princess many years before reading the book and loved them. That's why I was surprised to not like the book so much.
I gave The Checklist Manifesto 8 out of 10 stars. It's an interesting and readable look at checklists in surgery, building construction, aviation and finance.
My takeaway from The Checklist Manifesto was that we've created greater complexity in our ordinary services (based on scientific understanding) than we can readily deliver without the assistance of such tools as checklists. I can't help but wonder if there's not something wrong in putting ourselves in such a position.
But you're doing wonderfully well in your challenge, Morphy!
Loved Space Cadet when I read it years ago-may have to go back and re-read.
Finished Earthfall by Card. Meh. Got 6 out of 10 stars. Mostly because it was engaging and that's about it. Card, as an person, turns my stomach. His characters are rather too angst ridden and pissed off for me. But he tells a good tale.
Your comment made me look him up on Wikipedia. My son-in-law is a dead ringer for him. Scary.
Finished Steamed by Kate MacAlister. 6 out of 10 stars.
It feels like half the book is banter between the main characters. Sometimes it is laugh aloud funny, but mostly it eventually got tedious. There was no growth in the one dimensional characters. They were more caricatures rather than characters, especially the supporting roles. You got told a lot about the people rather than shown yet there was a decent world set up. It was okay.
I have decided I should run my life with check-lists! I have so few good habits and left to my own devices everything descends to chaos pretty quickly.
Finished Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein. Working on eventually reading everything he wrote.
*makes childish gagging noises*
4 of 10 stars
*more gagging noises*
Booooooooooring. Worst RAH ever.
Nearly halfway there - and nearly halfway on target, looking good! Just need that couple of extra books to get above 1/day. Well done so far.
"Working on eventually reading everything he wrote"
Ok I liked he built a crooked house but little else by him.
Because I've read a significant portion of his work and like it. I'm not a masochist. Really!
ETA: I've got the entire Incarnations of Immortality series by Piers Anthony ordered from the library just to get me past that 1/day mark. I can zip through them REAL fast.
Meanwhile, the challenge TBR next goes like this:
Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Stories behind the Songs
Shakespeare's Christmas by Harris
Flower Confidential by Stewart (about floral business)
Princess Diaries by Cabot
Finished Dreaming by Jill Barnett. 6 out of 10 stars
Characters could have been more complex. Heroine was silly to to the point of being saccharine. Otherwise readable enough, I suppose.
The Story behind the Song by Canfield, et al. got 6 out of 10 stars.
I liked listening to each song as I read the blurb (iTunes or Google), but there wasn't a lot of meat to the stories.
Shakespeare's Christmas by Charlaine Harris (7/10)
You can see how Harris has grown as a writer. I didn't like how Lily came across as emotionally unstable in this book but it was a good story.
When you read the Incarnations of Immortality, will you include the 8th one that came out ages later? The reviews on here say it was terrible and we should pretend it doesn't exist.
Actually, that's why I'm re-reading them. I found out about the "awful" one and well, I just have to read it. I'll hold my nose though.
I didn't know there was an 8th book. What's it called and who's the incarnation?
It's called Under a Velvet Curtain and it's about Nox, the Incarnation of Night. If you're off-put by Anthony's writing about child sexuality, stay well clear.
Read The China Bride for a (re)-read of Putney books. Gave it a 7/10 stars. Good writing. One thing that bothered me was how the heroine was portrayed. She was too changeable so you couldn't really figure out who she is.
Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? but I'm not counting it. :)
Still reading Flower Confidential. Also reading Lucifer's Hammer by Niven/Pournelle. Up next will be On a Pale Horse by Anthony and The Princess Diaries by Cabot.
Hmm, also partially into Skeleton Crew by King and should read my latest ER, The Animal Review.
Flower Confidential about the floral industry was a solid read. I gave it 7 out of 10 stars.
On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony - I think I've read the Incarnation series too many times. I'm not enjoying it like I used to, but still good enough to finish this final re-read.
Working through Lucifer's Hammer today.
I'm running a bit behind. I've got the book a day down but if I want to beat my best month, I need to get a few more in.
*holds hand up to mouth and whispers secrets* "childrens' books, Morph, childrens' books"
How's it going Morph? Are you going to make your goal? What are you reading now? Cheers - yahoo!
Ooh, if you want a 'serious' graphic novel to read, find Blankets by Craig Thompson. It's serious literature as far as I'm concerned, and I read it in an afternoon., despite its huge size.
I think you've inspired me, Morphy. I've managed to read more books this month than any other month so far this year. Now if we don't hear from you soon, I will panic, towel or no. I do so hope you are well!
Me, too, MrsLee! Not sure if it's Morphy's example or sheer happenstance, but I have read more than usual this month. Need to keep it up if I'm going to have a hope of meeting my 75-book challenge.
I don't think I'll make it. I just got home from the hospital, haven't read but a couple chapters and when I was sick like this in September, it took me about a month before I felt well enough to really read. Hopefully, it won't be that bad, but I am now behind.
Look at the pictures in magazines and count those as books read! Don't despair! You can throw the goal out the window and do it another month or you can continue trying. That is the wonderful thing about LibraryThing: you are in charge.
edit put a negative in where it belonged, duh
I believe that a hospital stay is an automatic time-out. Get well soon.
#99 - I was afraid of that. So glad you are home though. Do exactly what you need to do to get well and make that your goal for the month. You can count my extra reading as yours if you want to, since you inspired it. ;) *Big, gentle, health-giving hug*
It makes me very happy inside to hear that I inspired others to read. I need that feeling right now. Thanks, folks.
I added three books that I got done before I went into the hospital and one I got done today. All but one were re-reads. The Princess Diaries was new for me. Cute.
Hope you're feeling up to reading, but definitely don't feel like you have to. Then reading would be a chore, ugh.
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